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Anna Kadlec Papers, 1898-1988 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: Anna Kadlec Papers, 1898-1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Kadlec, Anna (1893-1991)

Extent: 0.7 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 01/03/1989

Subjects: Addams, Jane, 1860-1935., Eastern Kentucky University--Faculty and staff., Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969., Women social reformers--United States., Women social workers--United States.

Languages: English


Anna Kadlec spent her career in social work. She worked closely with individuals like Jane Addams in the Chicago settlement house movement to improve social conditions for impoverished communities. Afterwards, she went on to study the employment of women in Chicago meat packing plants and to work as a teacher at Model.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kadlec Papers contain information pertaining to the settlement house movement in Chicago during the early twentieth century; in particular, the University of Chicago Settlement House. In addition, the researcher will find information about Miss Mary McDowell, who was an early advocate of the settlement house movement in Chicago. In this collection the researcher will find various pamphlets and articles from Anna's days as a student at the University of Chicago. The collection includes pamphlets published by the Juvenile Protection Association of Chicago, personal collection, business correspondence related to Morris Packing Company and newspaper clippings relating to Miss Mary McDowell, Jane Addams and the settlement house movement. A unique item in the collection is a photograph of Dwight Eisenhower when he was a 2nd Lt. and a Tactical Officer in the Mexican Border Control, dated 1916.

Collection Historical Note

Anna Koutecky was born in Chicago on August 9, 1894, the first child of an immigrant couple from Czechoslovakia. In 1923 Anna married Frank Kadlec (1889-1938), a physician at Chicago's Jackson Park Hospital. They had two children, Nancy and Bonnie. (You will find more on Anna Koutecky Kadlec's life in the biographical file, f.19.) Anna worked at the University of Chicago Settlement House. With her knowledge of five languages, she quickly caught the eye of Mary McDowell, and became Miss McDowell's assistant. While at the settlement Anna also worked closely with Jane Addams of Hull House. Anna claimed that Addams and McDowell were training her to take over the Settlement House. During this time period she also attended the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, Anna received a fellowship to study the employment of women in the meat packing industry at Morris Packing Company in Chicago. Ms. Koutecky was then employed in industrial relations for the same company from 1918- 1923. Following her marriage, she took some time off to raise her children but later received her teaching certification and went back to work as a teacher at the Betsy Ross School in the 1930s. Mrs. Kadlec then went to the Tonti School in Chicago where she taught until 1960. In 1960, Anna moved to Richmond, KY where she taught at the Miller School for a year. She then taught at the EKU Model School for four years. Anna lived in Richmond until her death on August 30,1991 at age 97.

Subject/Index Terms

Addams, Jane, 1860-1935.
Eastern Kentucky University--Faculty and staff.
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
Women social reformers--United States.
Women social workers--United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Runck, Nancy

Acquisition Method: gift

Other Note: Photographs were initially numbered with the accession number; however, a decision was made to change to collection number. The database was changed, but the numbers written on the images were not changed.

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Barcode: 31234014041931
Folder 1: My Autobiography, by Anna Koutecky-Kadlec, 1914Add to your cart.
Anna was twenty years old when she wrote this autobiography for her English class while she attended the University of Chicago. In it she describes the changes that the city of Chicago had endured in the previous twenty years and focuses on her education from the time she was in the sixth grade through her senior year of high school. Anna also includes the people who most influenced her early life. (1 item)
Folder 2: Lake High School English Notebook, 1910Add to your cart.
This item contains various homework assignments from her high school English class. There are summaries of various works of literature, in addition to a list of words and their definitions toward the end of the notebook. (1 item)
Folder 3: Personal WritingsAdd to your cart.
Anna was fascinated with creative writing, so you will find various pieces written while she was at University of Chicago. In addition to writings from her English class, you will find an example of a weekly history report. (8 items)
Folder 4: University of Chicago, 1916-1922Add to your cart.
Various pamphlets and articles including "Star and Circle" 1922, "The Convocation Ode" 1916, General program for Convocation of 1916, "Hell's Bells" alumni magazine. The "Star and Circle" is the publication of Delta Sigma Club of the University of Chicago. It was annually published by the alumni of this organization. "The Convocation Ode" was published to mark the quarter-centennial of the University of Chicago. The general program for the Convocation of 1916 describes the days events for the celebration of the quarter-centennial of the University of Chicago. "Hell's Bells" was published by the University of Chicago as a newsletter that listed alumni and had an update of their lives. (9 items)
Folder 5: Personal Correspondence, 1916-ca 1970Add to your cart.
Letters, postcards and business cards. The letters and postcards are from people who Anna met through the settlement house or through her job with Morris Packing Company. There are personal letters from people who worked at the various branches of Morris Packing Company. There are postcards that depict places such as the "Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires, Massachusetts," the "Southern Cambria Trolley and Pennsylvania Limited Rounding Curve," "Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Indiana," and the "Henry Booth House, Chicago, 1898-1909." There is also a postcard from the White House that is apparently responding to a letter of encouragement that Anna had sent to President Nixon. (16 items)
Item 215: Postcard of the Henry Booth House in Chicago, IL, 1918Add to your cart.
Item 216: Postcard of the Presbyterian Church of Decatur, IN, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 217: Postcard showing the Scene Between Johnstown and Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Southern Cambria Trolley and Pennsylvania Limited Rounding Curve, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 218: Souvenir Postcard of the Famous Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires, MA, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 219: Anna Kadlec's University of Chicago Alumni Association Card, 1923caAdd to your cart.
Item 220: Hotel Statler in St. Louis, MO, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 221: Boston, MA Public Library, 1919Add to your cart.
Item 222: Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photocopies of clippings pertaining to Mary McDowell, Jane Addams, and from The Daily Maroon, 1917. Articles include information about the death of Miss Mary McDowell and Jane Addams' Hull House. The Daily Maroon was the official newspaper of the University of Chicago. It seems that the particular articles from The Daily Maroon found in this collection are dealing with a dance at the University of Chicago. (12 items) Note: Full Issues of The Daily Maroon are available in microform through the University of Chicago Library.
Item 1: Jane Addams? Hang the traitor! many criedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Mary M'Dowell is Dead; Loved by ImmigrantsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Personal PamphletsAdd to your cart.
The Mingler, "The Blackfriars," "The Annual Spring Festival of All Souls Church and Abraham Lincoln Centre" program, "Summer Outings in Chicago via Elevated Railroads," and "Princess Theatre." These pamphlets are mostly programs from theater performances that Anna likely attended. (5 items)
Folder 8: Souvenir Program of Chicago Day at the Fair, October 9, 1893Add to your cart.
This program was from the Worlds Fair that was held in Chicago in 1893. The program details the days events and a parade that was conducted on October 9, 1893. (1 item)
Folder 9: University of Chicago Settlement House, 1919-1944Add to your cart.
Programs and pamphlets including several articles written by Mary McDowell. One pamphlet commemorates "Fifty Years at the University of Chicago Settlement, 1894-1944," includes information about how the settlement house was founded and the duties and responsibilities of the University of Chicago Settlement. A brief itinerary of a University of Chicago Settlement "Cooperative," May 9, 1919. An informal program of a memorial service for Mary McDowell, November 29, 1936. (10 items)
Folder 10: ProhibitionAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Anti-Saloon League Letter, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
A letter to the Anti Saloon League from a concerned mother, wife and citizen. In this letter Mrs. Mary Petty states how drinking greatly influences her husband and son so much that she fears they will become drunkards.
Item 2: Water Wagon ClubAdd to your cart.
This document illustrates men's attitudes toward temperance. These men are members of the "Water Wagon Club" which promotes temperance. This document illustrates the decline of alcohol sales since the founding of this club that over two thousand men are members. These men work for the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company.
Folder 11: Settlement House Movement in ChicagoAdd to your cart.
Pamphlets give information about other settlement houses in Chicago; the Henry Booth House and the Chicago Commons. The third item is a pamphlet that shows how the Ford Motor Company supports education. (3 items)
Folder 12: Immigration and Citizenship for NaturalizationAdd to your cart.
One pamphlet is entitled "Report of the Immigration Committee of the Women's Trade Union League of Chicago, from July 15, 1907 to April 1, 1908." Also included is a pamphlet distributed at Hull House, "Lessons in Citizenship for Naturalization" by Charles P. Schwartz. (3 items)
Item 1: Report of the Immigration Committee of the Women's Trade Union League of Chicago, 1907-08Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Settlement House Movement in Chicago, 1917-1932Add to your cart.
One pamphlet, "Christopher House" (1918), contains the annual report for the Christopher House Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. A pamphlet very similar to the Christopher House pamphlet is one that contains the annual report for the "Greenwich House" (1917) in Chicago. Another pamphlet is from the Chicago Normal College, and is entitled "Handbook for the information and Guidance of Students" (1931-1932). It seems to be very similar to an undergraduate catalog that describes different major requirements and general knowledge of the University. (3 items)
Folder 14: Housing Conditions and University of Chicago SettlementAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Chicago Housing Conditions: Among the Slovaks of the Twentieth Ward, 1914Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Our House & NeighborsAdd to your cart.
Booklet describing the services of the the University of Chicago Settlement.
Folder 15: Social Services PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Relating to living conditions and child labor in Chicago. Many of these pamphlets were printed by the Juvenile Protective Association. They deal with child labor and the welfare of children, also with general crime in the Chicago area. There is one pamphlet dealing with food conservation, and one dealing with the garbage problem in Chicago, and the Women's vote. There are also pamphlets that contain information about playgrounds for children, a pamphlet from The Chicago Kindergarten Institute, a pamphlet from the Northwestern University Settlement, Chicago, entitled "The Neighbor," and an annual report for the Olivet Institute in Chicago.(14 items)
Item 1: Baby Farms in Chicago, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Chicago Children in the Street Trades, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Hull House Yearbook, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Contains information about Jane Addams' Hull House. The yearbook contains information about services and activities offered at Hull House as well as the activities and services available to men. (1 item)
Folder 17: Morris Packing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Statistics on families in need who worked for Morris Packing Company Anna's job included providing social services for the workers of Morris Packing Company. The statistics here are those gathered for Anna's work that would enable her to provide provisions for the families during winter months, especially Christmas. There are also documents that tell of community events that were contributed to by the company. (14 items)
Folder 18: Morris Packing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Correspondence with executives and other material pertaining to the Morris Packing Company. The letters contain information about different requests that Anna made to the company executives. There are also business replies to Anna regarding things that she had requested.(19 items)
Folder 19: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Anna's obituary from the Richmond Register. Articles written about Anna Kadlec and her work as a social work reformer in Chicago while she worked for Morris Packing Company. Information in this folder explores the life of Anna Kadlec. Gives great insight to the accomplishments that were achieved by Anna's dedication. (7 items)
Item 1: Anna Kadlec Obituary, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 20: Nancy Kadlec, 1943Add to your cart.
The folder includes a high school educational experience summary dated 24 June 1943, a copy of an acceptance letter to Michigan State College as a veterinary student, and a piece of literature written by Nancy. (4 items)
Folder 21: Mary McDowellAdd to your cart.
Information from the Chicago Historical Society about Mary McDowell, includes finding aid for the Mary McDowell collection that is owned by the Chicago Historical Society. Mary McDowell was a very influential person in the settlement house movement in Chicago. For more information about Mary McDowell, consult the Chicago Historical Society. (3 items)

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